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Council Tax defaulters prosecuted for failing to provide information

Five residents who defaulted on their Council Tax and refused repeated requests to supply information regarding their financial situation have been prosecuted by Uttlesford District Council.

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Beatrice Cole of Saffron Walden, Darren Burford of Stansted, Shane Palmer and Dawn Palmer of Margaret Roding, and Carola Phelan of Stebbing were all found guilty of failing to supply information to the council at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 30 May.

Each defendant was fined £220 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and a £300 contribution to prosecution costs.

Cllr Simon Howell, Uttlesford District Council's Cabinet Member for Finance & Administration, said: "Uttlesford collects Council Tax on behalf of several organisations and it is a very important role as it helps to pay for important public services.

"The council takes a consistent and firm approach to the recovery of debts, and in particular to those who fail to supply the necessary information when asked to do so. I hope these latest cases will serve as a reminder that the council will take action when appropriate.

"We would also take the opportunity to remind all residents that the council is also here to help anyone who struggles to pay their Council Tax, and to get in touch as soon as possible - please do not to wait until you are in debt as this makes it more difficult to sort the problem."

If you are worried about paying your Council Tax, please contact the Revenues Collections Officer to discuss your account to see what support the council can provide. The Revenues Collections Officer can be contacted by phone on 01799 510345 or via

The council also has an Exceptional Hardship Fund available to support vulnerable Council Tax payers and those who have suffered or are suffering financial hardship. Full details can be found at

16 July 2018